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Site Reviewer Profiles

2020 NAPBC Site Reviewers

Denise Barajas, MD, FACS
Daniel Barnas, MD, FACS
Arnold M. Baskies, MD, FACS
Richard S. Berk, MD, FACS
M. Michele Blackwood MD, FACS
Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS
Aaron Bleznak, MD, MBA, FACS
Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MA, MPH, MBA, FACS, FRCS(C)
M. Kathleen Christian, MD, FACS
Maureen Chung, MD, PhD, FACS
James L. Connolly, MD
Mario R. Contreras, MD, FCAP
Marlene Cutitar, MD, FACS
Nayana S. Dekhne, MD
Jill R. Dietz, MD
William Dooley, MD, FACS
Robert M. Flanigan, MD, FACS
Jonathan A. Gapilango, RN, MSN, OCN, CCRP, NE-BC
Caren Greenstein, MD
Arnold H. Herman, MD, FACS
Suzanne Hoekstra, MD, FACS
Peter Hopewood, MD, FACS
Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH Robbi Kempner, MD, FACS
Patricia Rae Kennedy, MD, FACS


Patricia Rae Kennedy, MD, FACS
Scott H. Kurtzman, MD, FACS
Beth Lesnikoski, MD, FACS
Melanie Lynch, MD, FACS
Arvind Mahatme, MD, MHSA
Donna-Marie Manasseh, MD, FACS
Sally S. Mattingly, MD
Laura L. Morris, MD, MBA, FACS
Toan T. Nguyen, MD, FACS
William J. Petraiuolo, MD, FACS
Rogsbert F. Phillips, MD, FACS
Susan Pories, MD, FACS
William P. Reed, MD, FACS
Robert Rosenberg, MD, FACS
Terry Sarantou, MD
John W. Shook, MD, FACS
Jose Sorrentino, MD, FACS
Randy Stevens, MD
Charlene Wallace, RN, MS, OCN
Scott M. Weissman, MS, CGC
Cheryl Ann Wesen, MD, FACS
Jan H. Wong, MD, FACS
Katherine Yao, MD, FACS
Kay Yoon-Flannery, DO, MPH, FACS, FACOS

Denise Barajas, MD, FACS

Denise Barajas, MD, FACS
Derby, CT

Education

  • Graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
  • Residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael

Dr. Barajas is the medical director of the Center for Cancer Care and the Hewitt Center for Breast Health at Griffin Hospital. She became a site reviewer to visit other facilities, share her passion for quality and learn from other centers on how to improve provided care. Dr. Barajas feels she can show the importance of each aspect of accreditation, and in her opinion the value of NAPBC accreditation is that the standards provide a framework to establish and maintain a high-quality breast program. Dr. Barajas enjoys running, hiking, and skiing.


Daniel Barnas, MD, FACS

Daniel F. Barnas, MD, FACS, FSSO
Kalamazoo, MI

Education

  • Graduate of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Residency at Michigan State University
  • Fellowship at Lehigh Valley Health Network

Dr. Barnas is the medical director of The Breast Center at Ascension Borgess Cancer Center, a breast surgeon at Ascension Borgess Hospital, and an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Western Michigan University Stryker School of Medicine. Dr. Barnas feels that being a site reviewer provides the opportunity to share his passion for high quality breast care with other centers. He believes it can show how other breast centers have solved shared problems and offers the chance to learn new ways to improve his own center. In his spare time, he finds enjoyment in photography, golf, and coaching baseball.


Arnold M. Baskies, MD, FACS

Arnold M. Baskies, MD, FACS  
Chelsea, MA

Education

  • Graduate of Boston University School of Medicine
  • Residency at Boston Medical Center
  • Fellowship at Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute

Dr. Baskies is a surgical oncologist with more than 45 years of experience. He is a recipient of major awards in cancer research from the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Radium Society, has held state and national leadership roles in cancer prevention and treatment and is also a member of many societies, including the American Society of Breast Surgeons. He served as the chief medical officer and is a past president of the American Cancer Society of New York and New Jersey. Dr. Baskies feels that the best representative of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers is the site reviewer. His interests include his family, photography, music, golf, and travel


Dr. Berk

Richard S. Berk, MD, FACS
Skokie, IL

Education

  • Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, PA
  • Internship at the University Hospital of San Diego County
  • Residency at Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Center, New York, NY

Dr. Berk is a retired surgical consultant from Northwestern University Health Service in Evanston, Il and holds the title of Emeritus Senior Attending at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Berk believes that accreditation is important as it focuses the program on the patient, from prevention to early diagnosis, through treatment, to survivorship and then to palliative care. He feels the site review process allows him to be a teacher and an enabler, educating the program in ways to improve, and verifying and encouraging the continuation of those areas in which they are doing well.


Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS

Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS
Philadelphia, PA

Education

  • Graduate of Temple University School of Medicine
  • Residency at the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute

Dr. Bleicher is a breast surgical oncologist and director of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) approved breast fellowship program at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. He is the leader of the breast cancer program at Fox Chase and has been on the faculty since 2006, currently as a professor in the department of surgical oncology. He has been a part of the NAPBC since 2007, serves on the Board and is the chair of the Quality Improvement and Information Technology Committee. His busy clinical practice is entirely devoted to patients with breast cancer and breast disease. He has been heavily involved in academic committees and organizations throughout his career, including his current position as the vice-chair of the SSO’s breast fellowship program directors subcommittee. For recreation, he enjoys general fitness activities and spending time outdoors.


M. Michele Blackwood MD, FACS

M. Michele Blackwood MD, FACS
Livingston, New Jersey

Education

  • Graduate of Medical University of South Carolina
  • Internship and Residency at The Stamford Hospital
  • Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Blackwood joined Saint Barnabas Medical Center as the director of breast health and disease management in 2009 and has since been promoted to chief of breast surgery, CINJ Rutgers and system wide director of breast surgery for Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health. She is a professor at Rutgers Medical School, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, is certified by the American Board of Surgery and has successfully led multiple centers towards their NAPBC accreditation. Her other academic appointments include clinical instructor, New York Medical College and assistant clinical professor, department of surgery, Columbia University. Dr. Blackwood has published several articles in professional publications, including in The Lancet and The Journal of Trauma and served on the Editorial Review Board for Women in Medicine Journal. She is also a frequent guest on national and local media programs.


Dr. Bleznak

Aaron Bleznak, MD, MBA, FACS    
Lancaster, PA

Education

  • Graduate of Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
  • Residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • MBA at the Isenberg School of Management of the University of Massachusetts

Dr. Bleznak is the breast services medical director for the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. He is a practicing breast surgical oncologist and adjunct associate professor of surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bleznak is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS). He has had a clinical and research focus on the quality and value of cancer care throughout his career in oncologic surgery and served on quality committees for both the SSO and ASBrS. While at the Geisinger Clinic, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and Sentara Healthcare, Dr. Bleznak was involved in Commission on Cancer (CoC) activities serving as a member, administrative liaison, cancer liaison physician, and chair of the cancer committees. He also served three terms as the CoC state chair for Pennsylvania and eight years as a CoC member representing the American College of Surgeons Fellowship, including stints as vice chair and chair of the Committee on Cancer Liaison. He was on committees for both the 2012 and 2020 accreditation standards revisions.


Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MA, MPH, MBA, FACS, FRCS(C)  

Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MA, MPH, MBA, FACS, FRCS(C) 
New Haven, CT

Education

  • Graduate of University of Alberta Medical School
  • Residency at University of Saskatchewan
  • Fellowship at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • MPH at Harvard School of Public Health
  • MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Louisville
  • MBA at Yale School of Management

Born and raised in Canada, Dr. Chagpar is a professor in the department of surgery at Yale School of Medicine. She joined the University of Louisville as an assistant professor of surgery after her fellowship and went on to become an associate professor with tenure and an academic advisory dean. While there, she was involved in the establishment of Kentucky’s first nationally accredited breast center located at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville. In 2010, she joined the school of medicine at Yale where she led its effort to become the first NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Northeast to have a nationally accredited breast center. She is a busy breast surgical oncologist who participates in investigator-initiated and cooperative group clinical trials, as well as translational and clinical research. The results of her investigator-initiated clinical trial to improve outcomes in breast cancer surgery were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. She enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty, and is passionate about global health and leadership in academic medicine.


M. Kathleen Christian, MD, FACS 

M. Kathleen Christian, MD, FACS  
LaCrosse, WI

Education

  • Graduate from and Residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine

Dr. Christian is a general surgeon affiliated with Mayo Clinic Health System and Franciscan Healthcare in LaCrosse, WI. She became a site reviewer to promote the value and importance of NAPBC accreditation and believes accreditation gives assurance to both patients and families that they are receiving high-quality cancer care. In her down time, Dr. Christian enjoys hiking, and cycling.


Maureen Chung, MD, PhD, FACS

Maureen Chung, MD, PhD, FACS
Providence, RI

Education

  • Graduate of and Residency at McGill University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship and PhD in Pathobiology from Brown University

Dr. Chung is a breast surgical oncologist and medical director of the South Coast Breast Program located in Southeastern MA. She is a member of numerous surgical societies including the New England Surgical Society, Society of Surgical Oncology, and American Society of Breast Surgeons. Dr. Chung believes patient education and disease prevention are as important as treatment, that breast cancer care should be personalized and patient-centered, and all treatment recommendations should be evidence-based. Her clinical research interests include the impact of screening mammography and contemporary management of breast cancer. She has authored numerous publications in medical journals and textbooks and has been interviewed by local, national, and international media. She enjoys playing tennis and cycling in her free time.


Dr. Connolly

James L. Connolly, MD
Boston, MA

Education

  • Graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Residency and Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Connolly has been involved in multidisciplinary breast care at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 1980. He is an expert in breast pathology and the former director of anatomic pathology at Beth Israel Hospital/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He is currently a senior pathologist at BIDMC. Dr. Connolly is past president of the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology and is a former member of the American Board of Pathology Anatomic Pathology Test Development and Advisory Committee. He is the past vice chair of the cancer committee of the College of American Pathologists and is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement and Excellence in Teaching Awards from that organization. He was a member of the breast expert panel for the American Joint Committee on Cancer 8th edition. His primary research interest has been in diseases of the breast, and he has more than 140 peer-reviewed publications as well as over 60 reviews, chapters, and editorials. He teaches and lectures in breast pathology nationally and internationally.


Mario R. Contreras, MD, FCAP

Mario R. Contreras, MD, FCAP  
Lafayette, IN

Education

  • Graduate of University of San Carlos School of Medicine, Guatemala
  • Residency at Madison General Hospital in Madison, WI
  • Fellowships at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Cleveland, OH

Dr. Contreras was chair of pathology from 2000 to 2015 at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health in Lafayette, IN. With a background in anatomic and clinical pathology and experience as a College of American Pathologists inspector, he enjoys activities that promote compliance. Dr. Contreras believes an excellent cancer program follows the organizational, operational, and accreditation standards instituted by federal and professional organizations such as the Commission on Cancer. His interests and hobbies include Mayan history and archeology, playing soccer, and hiking.


Dr. Cutitar

Marlene Cutitar, MD, FACS
Providence, RI

Education

  • Graduate of, and Internship and Residency at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Dr. Cutitar is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, RI. Having practiced general surgery in a group setting for almost two decades, she is now in solo practice focusing on the evaluation and care of benign and malignant breast conditions. She operates at the Miriam Hospital in Providence where she works with medical students and surgical residents and serves on numerous committees. Dr. Cutitar is active locally, regionally, and nationally in various organizations including membership in the New England Surgical Society for which she serves as the Rhode Island representative, as a member of their task force on inclusion and diversity, and chairs the new members' committee. She is also a longtime member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She is a past president of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, serves on the boards of the Rhode Island Medical Women's Association and the Office of Women in Medicine and Science at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine and is on the executive council of the Rhode Island Medical Society. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and globetrotting in her spare time.


Dr. Dekhne

Nayana S. Dekhne, MD, FACS
Auburn Hills, Michigan

Education

  • Graduate of VM Medical College
  • Residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center
  • Fellowships at Wayne State University VA Medical Center and William Beaumont Hospital 

Dr. Dekhne is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is currently the corporate medical director of the breast program and assistant professor of surgery at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. She is program director of the annual Multidisciplinary Breast Fellowship at Beaumont entitled the John A. Ingold, M.D., Distinguished Fellow in Breast Surgery. She is an active member of American Society of Breast Surgeons and Society of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Dekhne has established three comprehensive breast centers within the Beaumont System and developed several innovative programs such as high risk, cancer rehabilitation, lymphedema, and survivorship. She believes that the NAPBC standards can serve as a program’s organizational basis and the accreditation benefits both the patient and the program. Her other interests include travel, sports, and physical fitness.


Jill R. Dietz, MD, MHCM, FACS  

Jill R. Dietz, MD MHCM FACS  
Pittsburgh, PA

Education

  • Graduate of Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
  • Residency and Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic
  • Master in Health Care Management at Harvard

Dr. Dietz is director of breast growth and strategy and chief translational officer of the Cancer Institute at Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh PA. She has dedicated her practice to breast patients for more than 20 years and her research interests include value-based care delivery, patient reported outcomes, effects of radiation on reconstruction, Oncoplastic techniques, and the role that genetic factors play in developing breast cancer. She has published multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts related to her research, produced chapters for over a dozen textbooks and has participated in multi-society guideline development. She is past president of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and is chair of the Standards and Accreditation Committee of the NAPBC. In addition, Dr. Dietz served as chair of the Society of Surgical Oncology program directors committee, chair of the Fellows Institute, and chair of the American Society of Breast Surgeons annual meeting in 2013–2014. Dr. Dietz is an intercontinental speaker and cofounder of Global Breast Hub, an international society dedicated to decreasing gaps in care worldwide.


Dr. Dooley

William Dooley, MD, FACS
Oklahoma City, OK

Education

  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Residency and Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Fellowship at Oxford University

Dr. Dooley is a surgical oncologist and a professor and chair of surgical breast oncology at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. He believes accreditation is important as it is instrumental in helping to focus on important goals such as best practices and reassessing treatments and outcomes. Dr. Dooley is passionate about community service and his pastimes include fly fishing, horseback riding, and gourmet cooking.


Dr. Flanigan

Robert M. Flanigan, MD, FACS
Barrington, IL

Education

  • Graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Residency at Rush Medical Center

Dr. Flanigan was a board-certified general surgeon who practiced at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, IL from 1975 until 1979, and then at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington until his retirement in 2008. He was chair of the department of surgery and president of the medical staff while at Good Shepherd and his general surgery practice specialized in providing surgical care for patients with breast disease. His principal interest in being a site reviewer is to assure that cancer patients receive the best possible care for their cancers. In his spare time, Dr. Flanigan enjoys sailing in the Virgin Islands, biking, and reading military history


Jonathan A. Gapilango, RN, MSN, OCN, CCRP, NE-BC

Jonathan A. Gapilango, MSN, RN, OCN, CCRP, NE-BC
Toms River, NJ

Education

  • BSN from Central Philippine University
  • MSN at West Negros University

Mr. Gapilango has earned certifications in clinical research, oncology, and nursing administration and is working on his Doctor in Nursing Practice through Drexel University. He is the director of the Cancer Center Administration and Cancer Program Coordinator overseeing outpatient infusion, oncology data center, oncology research, radiation oncology nursing, oncology navigation and genetics program at the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center, Community Medical Center (CMC). He is also the RWJ Barnabas Health director for oncology regulatory compliance and accreditation. He has been with CMC since 2001 and has helped steer program development and national accreditations for the cancer center such as the Commission on Cancer, National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer, and is in the process of applying for National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer. Mr. Gapilango has helped facilitate the addition of a cancer genetics program, navigation program, and holistic therapies to ease the burden of a cancer diagnosis.


Caren Greenstein, MD

Caren Greenstein, MD
White Plains, NY

Education

  • Graduate of Boston University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Internship and Residency at Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Greenstein is the director of breast imaging at White Plains Hospital, NY and oversees the breast imaging at three additional outpatient imaging centers in Rye Brook, New Rochelle, and Armonk. She has been specializing in breast imaging since completing her training in 1989 and is licensed in New York and Connecticut, is a member of American College of Radiology, Society of Breast Imaging, Radiologic Society of North America, and National Consortium of Breast Centers, and has been board certified by the American Board of Radiology. She is locally known as a leader in the field of high-risk screening for breast cancer and her areas of expertise include breast MRI and performance of all minimally invasive breast procedure types, including vacuum-assisted ultrasound-guided, stereotactic, and MRI guided breast biopsies. Dr. Greenstein co-authored a textbook on breast MRI, “Breast MRI: A Case-Based Approach,” in 2011.


Dr. Herman

Arnold H. Herman, MD, FACS  
Providence, RI

Education

  • Graduate of University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Residency at Boston University Hospital

Dr. Herman is a board-certified general surgeon who specialized in breast cancer surgery for more than 40 years until his retirement in 2015. He served in the U.S. Air Force after completing his general surgery residency and is the founder and medical director of Breast Health, the first dedicated breast center in Providence, RI. A clinical associate professor of surgery at the Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University, Providence, Dr. Herman serves as the American College of Surgeons cancer liaison for three hospitals in the Lifespan Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is on the Lifespan cancer committee and breast program steering committee as well as The Miriam Hospital institution review board. He feels that Commission on Cancer accreditation provides programs with a structure to analyze the quality of their program and tools to improve their performance. Dr. Herman is married and enjoys reading, tennis, hiking, traveling, woodworking, and the company of his nine grandchildren.


Suzanne Hoekstra, MD, FACS

Suzanne A Hoekstra, MD, FACS
Portland, ME

Education

  • Graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Residency at University of Nebraska Medical Center

An Illinois native, Dr. Hoekstra practices as a full-time breast surgeon and is the director of breast care specialists of Maine at Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland. She is board-certified in general surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In addition to her surgical practice, she is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of New England College of Medicine. Dr. Hoekstra is married with four children and has been involved in international medical missions since 1993. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors or reading a good mystery.


Dr. Hopewood

Peter S. Hopewood, MD, FACS
Falmouth, MA

Education

  • Graduate of the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  • Internship and Residency at Harvard 5th Surgical Service at New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA

Dr. Hopewood is a general surgeon in private practice at Falmouth Hospital in Massachusetts. He believes accreditation shows cancer patients a commitment beyond the norm to improve the quality of cancer care, survivorship, and survival. His favorite aspect of the site review process is seeing community outreach and improvement programs. In his spare time, Dr. Hopewood enjoys family life, singing in an a cappella quintet, and playing the tuba.


Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH  

Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH
New York, NY

Education

  • Graduate of Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Internship and Residency at NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Fellowship at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Dr. Joseph serves as vice chair of diversity and health equity for the Department of Surgery and Transplant Institute of the NYU Langone Health System and is the medical director of Kimmel Pavilion Unit 3. She is also on the collaborating faculty within the Clinical and Community Pillars of the Institute for Excellence in Health Equity and co-director of the Beatrice W. Welters Breast Health Outreach and Navigation Program. Dr. Joseph served ten years as the chief of breast surgery at Bellevue Hospital, a city hospital affiliate of NYU Langone Health. She continues to manage patients at Bellevue and decided to become a site reviewer after leading her program through the NAPBC accreditation process three times. Dr. Joseph chairs several regional and national committees including the American Society of Breast Surgeons’ Health Equity and Selected Reading committees, the NRG Oncology Health Disparities group, and the Education/Training/Mentorship working group. She is dedicated to improving the care of underserved women and eliminating inequity in health care. In her spare time enjoys reading, traveling, and tennis.


Robbi Kempner, MD, FACS 

Robbi Kempner, MD, FACS
New York, NY

Education

  • Graduate of New York Medical College, Valhalla
  • Residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center

Dr. Kempner is a board-certified general surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons who received her undergraduate degree from Tel Aviv University. She is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgery and the Metropolitan Breast Cancer Group and was on the faculty at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The Bronx, and NY Presbyterian-Cornell, as an assistant professor of surgery. Dr. Kempner has served in various leadership positions at major New York City community and academic medical centers and established and led numerous women’s breast centers from the ground up. Her primary focus is always on the patient, creating a multidisciplinary approach and specializing in the management of advanced breast cancers treating both men and women for benign and malignant disease while performing advanced oncological breast surgery. She believes NAPBC certification helps patients receive the highest standard of multidisciplinary breast care through the integration of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.


Dr. Kennedy

Patricia Rae Kennedy, MD, FACS
Saratoga Springs, NY

Education

  • Graduate of and Residency at SUNY Stony Brook
  • Fellowship at Faulkner Breast Center

Dr. Kennedy is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon and the clinical director of the Saratoga Hospital Center for Breast Care in Saratoga Springs, NY. She served as an assistant professor of clinical surgery at Indiana University where she developed the first NAPBC accredited program in Indiana at Indiana University Health North Hospital. Dr. Kennedy is committed to the accreditation process and standards that raise quality care for patients. She serves on the national board of trustees for Casting for Recovery, an organization that provides retreats to breast cancer patients and survivors that combine education, support, and fly-fishing instruction. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and fly fishing.


Scott H. Kurtzman, MD, FACS 

Scott H. Kurtzman, MD, FACS  
Farmington, CT

Education

  • Graduate of Albany Medical College of Union University
  • Residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Fellowships at National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Kurtzman is a surgical oncologist and a professor of surgery at the Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter School of Medicine and at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is also chair of surgery and program director for the general surgical residency program at Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Kurtzman is chair of the NAPBC and previously served as the chair of the NAPBC Standards and Accreditation Committee.


Beth-Ann Lesnikoski, MD, FACS

Beth-Ann Lesnikoski, MD, FACS
Jacksonville, FL

Education

  • Graduate of Temple University Graduate School of Medicine
  • Internship and Residency at New England Deaconess Medical Center Harvard Surgical Service
  • Internship at Swedish Hospital
  • Fellowships at the Faulkner Breast Centre and Sandoz Center for Immunobiology

Dr. Lesnikoski is a breast surgeon at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center. She served as founding director of the Comprehensive Breast Health and Cancer Program at Baptist MD Anderson, the Breast Institute at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida, and the South Shore Hospital Breast Care Center in Massachusetts. She also helped form a joint cancer center between South Shore, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Brigham & Women's Hospital in 2009. Prior to moving to Florida she was an attending breast surgeon for 10 years at both Dana-Farber and Brigham Women’s Hospitals, and for five years prior at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She is a member of the American Society for Breast Surgeons, the National Consortium of Breast Centers, the Society for Surgical Oncology, and the American College of Surgeons. As a site reviewer, she believes that physicians and other health care professionals should play a role in determining benchmarks for quality. When not working, she enjoys reading, cooking, bicycling, traveling, and walking on the beach with her husband and dog.


Melanie Lynch, MD, FACS

Melanie Lynch, MD, FACS
Fairfield, CT

Education

  • Graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
  • Residency and Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals
  • Fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland

Dr. Lynch is the director of breast surgery at the Yale New Haven Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, CT. She values NAPBC accreditation as it helps inspire commitment to comprehensive, high-quality, evidence-based, and patient-centered services for women with breast cancer. In her spare time, Dr. Lynch enjoys hiking, backpacking, biking, yoga, and time with her grandchildren.


Arvind Mahatme, MD, MHSA

Arvind Mahatme, MD, MHSA
Rockford, IL

Education

  • Graduate of University of South Florida College of Medicine
  • Residency at University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Fellowship at Medical College of Virginia.

Dr. Mahatme is fellowship-trained surgical oncologist and serves as medical director at Mercyhealth Women’s Center, as vice-chair in the department of surgery at Mercyhealth Rockford, IL, and as a clinical assistant professor in the surgery department at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He feels being a site reviewer provides a way to learn from and support breast care providers nationwide by recognizing their programs and elevating their attributes. In his spare time, Dr. Mahatme enjoys abstract painting, writing, travel, and cars.


Donna-Marie Manasseh, MD

Donna-Marie Manasseh, MD, FACS
Stamford, CT

Education

  • Graduate of Harvard University Medical School
  • Internship and Residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Campus
  • Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

A surgical oncologist, Dr. Manasseh holds the position of assistant clinical professor of surgery at Columbia Presbyterian University and is the co-director of the Stamford Hospital’s Women’s Multidisciplinary Breast Center in Stamford, CT. Her hobbies include photography, being a pen aficionado, scuba diving, and playing chess.


Dr. Mattingly

Sally S. Mattingly, MD
Bluffton, SC

Education

  • Graduate from and Residency at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Dr. Mattingly is a retired board-certified general and vascular surgeon who was an associate professor at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for ten years. Following that position, she spent 25 years in a single specialty group focused on general and vascular surgery in Wausau, WI, with the last several years devoted entirely to a breast practice. While in Wausau she was chair of the department of surgery at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, founder and co-director of the Breast Health Center, president of the medical staff, and a member of many committees including the internal review board. Dr. Mattingly enjoys reading, travel, the water, needlework, and church and volunteer activities. She and her husband reside in South Carolina where they love spending time with their four grand girls.


Laura L. Morris, MD, MBA, FACS

Laura L. Morris, MD, MBA, FACS
Goshen, IN

Education

  • Graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Residency at William Beaumont Hospital
  • Fellowship at Michigan State University

Dr. Morris is a breast surgical oncologist at the Goshen Center for Cancer Care in Goshen, IN. She also serves as the medical director for The Retreat Women’s Health Center, one of the first NAPBC accredited centers in the country. Dr. Morris served on the faculty at Michigan State University for five years after completing her breast surgical oncology fellowship there. She is board certified in general surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Morris feels that NAPBC accreditation shows a patient that the program is operating to the highest standard and she became a site reviewer to share her enthusiasm for her program as well as to learn from other centers. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading and crafts.


Toan T. Nguyen, MD, FACS

Toan T. Nguyen, MD, FACS
Lakeland, FL

Education

  • Graduate of St. George’s University
  • Residency at University at Buffalo
  • Fellowship at Mayo Clinic

Dr. Nguyen is the director of breast oncology at Lakeland Regional Health in Lakeland, FL, whose interest in elevating the delivery of care to patients with breast disease led to him becoming a site reviewer. Dr. Nguyen works with leading experts and all major national medical organizations in developing standards that are meaningful to each patient’s journey and feels a primary value of NAPBC accreditation is in showing patients that a program has been rigorously and comprehensively reviewed to meet or exceed national standards of care. He is chair of the Ethics Committee for the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the vice-chair for the American College of Surgeons Cancer Research Program Cancer Care Standards Development Committee. In his free time, Dr. Nguyen is an avid skier and enjoys spending time at the beach.


William J. Petraiuolo, MD, FACS

William J. Petraiuolo, MD, FACS
Cleveland, OH

Education

  • Graduate of University of Vermont College of Medicine
  • Residency at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh

Dr. Petraiuolo, a board-certified general surgeon has been working at Lake Health, a community hospital in the Cleveland area for more than 27 years. A Connecticut native, he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. He completed his diagnostic and interventional ultrasound certification in 2012 and breast cancer diagnosis and treatment has always been a large part of his practice. Since the program he chairs at Lake Health became accredited in 2011, he believes the quality of breast cancer care delivered at his institution has become more consistent. He seeks to improve care locally by what he learns as a site reviewer from other institutions. He enjoys travel, photography, outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and road cycling and has a working knowledge of Italian.


Dr. Phillips

Rogsbert F. Phillips, MD, FACS
Atlanta, GA

Education

  • Graduate of Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency at Emory University

Native Georgian and founder of Sisters by Choice, Dr. Phillips has been practicing in metropolitan Atlanta specializing in breast disease since 1982. She heads Metro Surgical Associates Inc., an organization at the forefront of breast cancer treatment and breast cancer research and is a board-certified surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Her other affiliations include the Association of Women Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, Georgia Surgical Society, and the Medical Association of Atlanta.


Dr. Reed

Susan Pories, MD, FACS
Cambridge, MA

Education

  • Graduate of and Residency at University of Vermont
  • Fellowships at New England Deaconess Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital

Dr. Pories is an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and the chief of breast surgery and medical director of The Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, where she specializes in the management of complex breast cancers. She is also the associate chair for academic affairs for the department of surgery, past-president of the medical staff for Mount Auburn Hospital, a governor for the American College of Surgeons, and the associate co-director of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School.


Dr. Reed

William P. Reed, MD, FACS
Long Island, NY

Education

  • Graduate of Harvard Medical School
  • Residency at Stanford University Hospital
  • Fellowship at Gustave-Roussy Institute

A New England native and the recipient of two Bronze Stars for his service as a commanding officer of a medical company during the Vietnam War, Dr. Reed currently lives in New York where he is a retired surgical oncologist and professor of surgery at SUNY-Stony Brook. He was chair of the department of surgery at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, NY, a clinical campus of SUNY-Stony Brook from 2000 until stepping down in 2013. Dr. Reed held faculty positions in surgical oncology at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and at Baystate Medical Center (Tufts) in Springfield, MA, establishing multidisciplinary breast programs at each. He also served as president of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society and as a member of the state board at both locations. In Massachusetts, he served as state chair of the cancer liaison program. He believes accreditation provides feedback to institutions regarding quality of care and adherence to treatment guidelines associated with optimal care and his favorite aspect of accreditation is maximizing integration of the full range of cancer services. In his spare time, Dr. Reed enjoys visiting family, historical reading, hiking, opera and chasing solar eclipses.


Robert Rosenberg, MD, FACR 

Robert Rosenberg, MD, FACR
Albuquerque, NM

Education

  • Graduate of Washington University, St. Louis
  • Residency at University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
  • Fellowship at Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute

Dr. Rosenberg served on the faculty at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center for 25 years, becoming a professor of radiology in 1999 and professor emeritus in 2012. He then joined Radiology Associates of Albuquerque where he now exclusively practices breast imaging. He has research interests in mammography outcomes and quality and was a principal investigator of the National Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium for more than 15 years. He is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology, a Fellow of the Society of Breast Imaging, and a former member of the FDA Radiological Devices Advisory Panel, serving as chair from 2011 to 2013. He was a board member of the NAPBC from 2014 to 2020 and has been chair of the FDA National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee since 2016.


Dr. Sarantou

Terry Sarantou, MD FACS, FSSO
Charlotte, NC

Education

  • Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Residency at Henry Ford Hospital
  • Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the John Wayne Cancer Institute

Dr. Sarantou is a surgical oncologist and member of the academic faculty of the division of surgical oncology at the Levine Cancer Institute and the department of general surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center, Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. He is a board-certified general surgeon, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and holds an academic appointment as a clinical professor of surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Sarantou also served as the Commission on Cancer (CoC) North Carolina State Chair for nine years and was awarded the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award. He was appointed to head the committee responsible for writing the North Carolina State Cancer plan by the Governor and is past president of the North Carolina chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Dr. Sarantou is an emeritus member of the ACS Board of Governors (BOG), emeritus chair of the BOG patient education workgroup, and emeritus member of the ACS patient education committee. He was the chair of the NAPBC Standards and Accreditation Committee and is a member of the NAPBC Board. He is also a current member of the board of directors for the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS), serves on several of its committees and is a past chairman of the ASBrS ethics committee. He is a former member of the National Surgical Breast and Bowel Project breast committee. Dr. Sarantou is married and has two children.


John W. Shook, MD, FACS 

John W. Shook, MD, FACS
Kansas City, MO

Education

  • Graduate of University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine
  • Residency at Truman Medical Center

Dr. Shook is a board-certified general surgeon who serves as the system medical director at St. Luke’s Cancer Institute Centers for Breast Care in the Kansas City metropolitan area. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Shook has had a specialty focused breast-only practice for more than 20 years. He holds an academic appointment as associate professor of surgery at the UMKC School of Medicine and has organized and established four comprehensive and satellite breast centers in the St Luke’s Health System. Dr. Shook is an active member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and is certified in both stereotactic and ultrasound procedures. He is also a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology and participates in numerous clinical trials. A longtime site reviewer, Dr. Shook is passionate about the NAPBC quality standards of breast care and the programmatic development of multidisciplinary care. Outside of medicine he enjoys fishing, outdoors, family trips, music, cooking, and exercise.


Dr. Sorrentino

Jose Sorrentino, MD, FACS
San Juan, PR

Education

  • Graduate of Colby College Medical School in Waterville, ME
  • General Surgery Training at University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
  • Fellowship at the Medical Center of Delaware
  • Fellowship at the University of Louisville

Dr. Sorrentino is an associate professor of surgery at the University of Puerto Rico and believes that delivering the best possible cancer care to any patient is a primordial obligation of any healthcare facility. In his mind, having a patient-centered culture where all aspects of cancer care can be coordinated and delivered within the premises of a given institution defines a center of excellence. In his free time, he enjoys riding his road bike and would like to join MSF (Doctors Without Borders) when he completes his current clinical practice.


Dr. Stevens

Randy Stevens, MD
White Plains, NY

Education

  • Graduate of New York University
  • Residency at Bellevue Hospital/NYU Medical Centers

Dr. Stevens is director of radiation oncology at White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care where she specializes in the management of breast, gynecologic, and other cancers. She is the chair of the hospital’s Protocol Review Monitoring Committee and was also chair of its institutional review board for more than 10 years. Prior to joining the staff at White Plains, she served as an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the Tisch and Bellevue Hospitals of New York University Medical Center, where she had both clinical and teaching responsibilities. A published author, her articles on breast and gynecologic cancers have been printed and cited in multiple peer reviewed journals. Throughout her career, Dr. Stevens has been active in many national and local societies, including having served as the vice president of the New York Metropolitan Breast Cancer Group, as former chair of the Education Committee of the NAPBC and with the American Society for Radiation Oncology. She is currently the lead site reviewer for the NAPBC.


Dr. Wallace

Charlene Wallace, RN, MS, OCN  
Kansas City, MO

Education

  • BSN at Kansas State University
  • MS at Marymount College

Ms. Wallace is a retired oncology-certified nurse who served on the board of the Kansas City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for six years, managed breast centers for over 15 years, and has been an active member of the National Consortium of Breast Centers for more than a quarter of a century. Ms. Wallace, who is married with two grown sons, enjoys spending time with family, hiking, reading, gardening, and quilting.


Dr. Weissman

Scott M. Weissman, MS, CGC
Gaithersburg, MD

Education

  • Graduate of Northwestern University

Mr. Weissman is a certified genetic counselor with GeneDx who previously worked 11 years as a genetic counselor at Northshore University. Before Northshore, he was part of the hematology/oncology laboratory of the University of Illinois at Chicago. He served as co-chair of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) cancer special interest group for two years. He was also the NSGC liaison to the NAPBC, where he sat on the Standards and Accreditation Committee. He has been a board member for the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer (CGA-ICC) and was involved in writing the NSGC/CGA-ICC Joint Practice Guidelines for the evaluation of and testing for Lynch Syndrome. Mr. Weissman is also active with a variety of advocacy groups and has authored several articles published in peer-reviewed journals.


Cheryl Ann Wesen, MD, FACS 

Cheryl Ann Wesen, MD, FACS  
Detroit, MI

Education

  • Graduate of Temple University School of Medicine
  • Residency at Brooke Army Medical Center
  • Fellowship at University of Minnesota

Dr. Wesen, a surgical oncologist specializing in breast cancer, is a board-certified general surgeon, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and served 17 years in the United States Army. She practiced surgical oncology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit until 1995 following her military service. Dr. Wesen then joined the medical team of St. John Hospital and is a past president of that staff. She began the St. John Providence Health System Breast Program and under her leadership as medical director the breast program received initial NAPBC accreditation in 2009. She is a clinical associate professor at Wayne State University and is active in local and national surgical associations. Dr. Wesen and her husband have three adult sons and two grandchildren, and she enjoys reading and traveling in her spare time.


Jan H. Wong, MD, FACS

Jan H. Wong, MD, FACS
Greenville, NC

Education

  • Graduate of Rush Medical College
  • Internship and Residency at University of Oregon Health Sciences Center
  • Fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine

Dr. Wong is a professor of surgery in the department of surgery, division of surgical oncology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He is also the director of the breast program at East Carolina University, Greenville where he serves on various committees for the improvement of quality in health care, breast cancer awareness, and the advancement of research within the Brody School of Medicine, Vidant Medical Center, and the Vidant Cancer Care Center. Dr. Wong was a member of the John Wayne Cancer Center at the University of California, Los Angeles where he helped develop the sentinel node biopsy technique and participated in the care of more than 500 new melanoma patients there annually.


Katherine Yao, MD, FACS

Katherine Yao, MD, FACS
Evanston, IL

Education

  • Graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
  • Fellowship at John Wayne Cancer Institute

Dr. Yao is chief of the division of surgical oncology and vice-chair of research in the department of surgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, IL. She is vice-chair of the NAPBC and has been a site reviewer since its inception. Prior to her current position, she was also chair of the NAPBC Quality Improvement and Information Technology Committee. She also serves on committees within the Alliance Clinical Trial group, the American Society of Breast Surgeons and she is on the Quality Integration Committee for the Commission on Cancer.


Kay Yoon-Flannery, DO, MPH, FACS, FACOSKay Yoon-Flannery, DO, MPH, FACS, FACOS
Camden, NJ

Education

  • Graduate of, MPH from, and Internship at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Stratford, NJ
  • Residency at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ
  • Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Kay Yoon-Flannery is a breast surgical oncologist and a co-director at the Janet Knowles Breast Cancer Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. A member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Philadelphia Academy of Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, she chose to become a site reviewer to increase awareness in the standardization of breast cancer care. She feels the main value of NAPBC accreditation is its ability to provide cancer care facilities the opportunity to communicate with each other regarding current recommendations and standards, and to ensure that each breast center is providing the highest level of care possible to its patients. When not working, Dr. Yoon-Flannery enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her four children.